Ralph Eichler was elected as the MLA for Lakeside in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2016 and 2019. On May 3, 2016, he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture. On October 23, 2019 he was appointed as the Minister of Economic Development and Training. Since January 5, 2021 he serves as Minister of Economic Development and Jobs.
Ralph is the former owner and operator of Prairie Farm and Ranch Supply, and currently owns Ray’s Auction Service. As a business owner, Ralph understands the importance of a healthy and sustainable rural economy. Ralph also served for 8 years as the Administrator for the Interlake School Division and strongly believes in building opportunities for young people in his constituency.
In addition to his duties in the Manitoba Legislature, Ralph was elected by his peers as a Director to the State Agriculture Rural Leaders Board, a cross-border group with members from Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The group brings together stakeholders from provincial, state, and federal governments to discuss and develop agriculture policy and to exchange best practices.
Ralph is an active volunteer in his community, having served in various roles with many organizations including the Teulon and Area Lions Club, the Stonewall Royal Canadian Legion Branch #52, the Interlake Riding Club, the Interlake Community Foundation Board, and the Teulon Golf and Country Club. Ralph and his family are also active members of their local church.
Ralph and his wife Gail have two sons, a daughter and son-in-law, and three grandchildren. He is excited to be part of a team with a better plan to create a thriving rural economy, improve our infrastructure, and provide real tax relief to Manitoba families.